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Old 10-22-2012, 12:39 PM   #11
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I just wanted to thank you all for your support when I started this. Unfortunately, I started developing peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) in my feet and have had to withdraw from culinary school. It's not safe for me to work in a commercial kitchen environment with a bunch of other people running around. I'm going to finish the sanitation (ServSafe) class, because passing the final exam gives you the national food handlers' certificate; it might come in handy.

On the bright side, I have a cool new set of knives and other tools, a great book from the American Culinary Federation, some new skills and experiences, and a few contacts in the industry. One chef/instructor said to keep in touch with her and we'll brainstorm other ways to reach my goals. It was never my goal to work as a line cook or open a restaurant, so this program probably isn't the best for me anyway. Serendipity, sorta I will miss the free afternoon international snack, though
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:49 PM   #12
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Aw that's a shame GG. I hope you didn't lose too much money.

Sending healing vibes in your direction for the neuropathy (and anything else).

Very cool that one of the chef instructors suggested brainstorming other ways to reach your goals.

BTW, what were the Scandinavian dishes?
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:58 PM   #13
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GG, that really stinks. I know you were really looking forward to culinary school. I hope you can find a way to employ your newly learned skills.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:13 PM   #14
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Thanks, TL. It's a pay-as-you-go program, so I've only paid for classes I've taken, except that I won't be able to finish the Culinary Techniques class. But I will get a pro-rated refund for the time I couldn't be there, since it's a medical withdrawal. Thanks for the good vibes, too

The Scandinavian menu had artsoppa (pea soup); köttbulla (Swedish meatballs); Jansson's Tempation (potato casserole with fish and cream); rotmos med flask (braised pork belly); kraut; roast pheasant with apples, lingonberry jelly and wild mushrooms; pyttipanno (hash) with fried egg, beets, gherkins and capers; blini; Swedish pancakes; baked apples with almond filling; and potato-turnip hash. They did a good job

I'll see if I can find a photo of it later. Gotta get ready to take the dog to the vet now.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:25 PM   #15
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I'm glad to hear you didn't waste your money. Phew.

That sounds like a pretty good selection of Swedish dishes.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:46 PM   #16
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Wow, that is a tough brake. I just hope you feel good, hope you do not have health problem. Everyhting else is solvable. There are plenty of other jobs in the world. Good luck.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:01 PM   #17
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So sorry GG, at least you will be taking a finer aim at goals and heading out for something more suitable to your talents.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:48 PM   #18
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Sorry to hear you had to drop your classes GG :( You'll find something else that you love that you can do! You're very passionate :)
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:11 PM   #19
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Sorry, GC. I have posted a recipe for Jansson's Temptation on DC. I make it all the time (well, not all the time, but often enough to call it one of my signature dishes). I agree with TL--nice selection of dishes.

I'm sure s/thing will turn up--sorry that this didn't work out, I know how excited you were about it.
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So sorry it didn't turn out, GG. Sending out more good vibes and hopes for you to reach your dream.
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